Work Time & Holiday

Compensatory Holidays/Rest Days

You aren't entitled by a law for a compensatory rest day for working on weekends or public holidays. Learn more about National Public Holidays.

Paid Leave

An employee is entitled to 28 days paid annual leave, after completion of 12 months of continuous service inclusive of any public holidays that may fall during the period of leave. An employee with less than six months service is not be entitled to paid leave under the Employment and Labour Relations Act, unless the employee is employed on a seasonal basis or has worked more than once in a year for the same employer, and the total period worked for that employer exceeds six months in that year. An employer may determine the timing of annual leave provided that it is taken no later than six months after the end of the 12 month period in which the annual leave entitlement accrued or twelve months after such time if the employee has consented andthe extension is justified by the operational requirements of the employer. An employer is required to pay an employee the remuneration for annual leave (that the employee would have been paid had the employee worked during the period of leave) before the commencement of the leave.  (section 29-31of Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004). 

Employment and Labour Relations Act, No. 6,  2004 

Public Holidays

Workers are entitled to paid Festival (public and religious) holidays.  Festival holidays are announced by Tanzania Government (usually 17 in number). The public holidays are regulated under the Public Holidays Ordinance, 1966. These are New Year Day (January 01), Zanzibar Revolution Day (January 12), Maulid Day, Good Friday (March 29), Easter Monday (April 01), The Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day( April 07), Union celebrations (April 26), Workers Day (May 01), International Trade Fair (July 07), Peasants Day (August 08), Eid-el-Fitri(2 days), The Mwalimu Nyerere Day (October 14), Idd-El-Hajj (01 day), Republic Day (December 09), Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26). The Muslim festival holidays depend on the sighting of moon. Holidays falling on Saturday or Sunday will be kept on those days. Act No.10 of 1994 has been repealed and holidays falling on Saturday or Sunday shall no longer be compensated.

Employment and Labour Relations Act, No. 6,  2004